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Minimum Requirements for FHWA Web Pages

In an effort to achieve greater quality, usability and consistency, the Information Technology Division has established these minimum technical standards that must be met by all FHWA web pages. Web documents that do not meet these standards will not be posted.

  1. FHWA Web Pages will be encoded to conform to HTML 4.01 Transitional or higher, as defined by the World Wide Web Consortium.

  2. File names will not exceed 20 characters in length. File names will be lower case, consist solely of letters, numbers and the underscore and will not contain slashes, spaces, tildes or hyphens. File extensions are to be 3 characters or less whenever possible (i.e. .htm instead of .html).

  3. All web pages will have a title in the head section of HTML documents. The title should be unique (to the server), brief, and descriptive - not to exceed 150 characters in length.

  4. Web pages must be free of broken links or missing images. All links to pages within the server will be relative.

  5. Web pages posted on the public Internet will have a standard header and footer. Web pages posted on StaffNet will use the standard templates.

  6. FHWA web pages will comply with Section 508 web accessibility standards as established by the U.S. Access Board.

  7. The bodies of web pages will use sans-serif fonts, e.g., Arial or Helvetica.

  8. Internet web pages will feature "exit doors" on links to non-government web sites (anything other than a federal, state or local governments).

  9. All entry point web pages on the Internet will feature a privacy policy statement (or a link to the Agency privacy policy statement on the main server).

  10. Web pages that collect survey information from the public must be approved by the Office of Management and Budget, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act.

  11. New FHWA Web sites must be approved by the FHWA CIO and HPA before posting.

  12. The use of "persistent" cookies on FHWA web sites is forbidden. "Sessions" cookies are permitted, subject to approval on a case-by-case basis.

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